WBEZ | Rahm Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/tags/rahm-emanuel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel: CPS Bankruptcy Could Ruin Educational Gains http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-cps-bankruptcy-could-ruin-educational-gains-114766 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RahmReading_LChooljian.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Mayor Rahm Emanuel reads to students in Pilsen Monday. Emanuel announced he’d be expanding full-day pre-kindergarten to 1,000 more students. (WBEZ/Lauren Chooljian)" /></div><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel says if Chicago Public Schools files for bankruptcy, it could undo the progress he&rsquo;s made on education.</p><p>Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/rauners-vision-chicago-public-schools-future-114545">pushed bankruptcy, and a state takeover of CPS</a>, as a way for the cash-strapped district to restructure its debt. Emanuel has publicly blasted Rauner for that idea many times, but in an interview with WBEZ, he offered a new argument: That it could ruin some of the achievements he frequently touts.&nbsp;</p><p>Usually, when the mayor talks about education, he finds a way to fit in his extension of the longer school day or year. But he says if court appointed administrators or accountants came in to manage a bankrupt CPS, who knows how much of that progress would stick?</p><p>&ldquo;They could recommend a four-day school week. They could recommend a shorter school day. They could recommend eliminating kindergarten. They could recommend getting rid of high school and arts programs as a way to balance the budget. Now, what have we done?&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve made a fiscal set of changes all on the backs of our kids&rsquo; future,&rdquo; Emanuel said.</p><p>Emanuel repeated his charge that declaring bankruptcy wouldn&rsquo;t fix the unequal funding CPS gets from the state, which, in his mind, is the core of CPS&rsquo; financial problems.</p><p>Emanuel pitched his latest argument against Rauner&rsquo;s plan while in Pilsen for an announcement about early childhood education. Emanuel announced Monday that his administration has come up with a creative way to <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/emanuel-expanding-full-day-pre-kindergarten">expand pre-kindergarten</a> for low-income families.</p><p>The mayor says through restructuring and reinvesting savings from central office cuts, the city can offer around 1,000 more students full-day pre-kindergarten by the 2017-18 school year, bringing the total of full day spots up to 17,000.</p><p>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re not reading at third-grade level, if you&rsquo;re not doing math at a third-grade level, it&rsquo;s not like fourth grade is a success,&rdquo; Emanuel told WBEZ.&nbsp; &ldquo;And if you want a child to succeed at third grade, you have to do things at three weeks old and three years old.&rdquo;</p><p>To expand part-time spots to full-time, Emanuel said he would take $1 million dollars in savings from cuts to the early childhood division in the district&rsquo;s central office. His administration will also move all community-based pre-k programs from CPS to the department of Family and Support Services (DFSS).</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s our strength, that&rsquo;s the way DFSS goes to market now, if you will,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2015/june/mayor-rahm-emanuel-nominates-lisa-morrison-butler-to-be-commissi.html">Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler said.</a> &ldquo;This is a model that&rsquo;s already in place at DFSS and it made sense therefore for us to just continue to do what we&rsquo;ve already done.&rdquo;</p><p>The mayor&rsquo;s office says they expect about $6 million in savings by eliminating redundancies, but Morrison Butler says they&rsquo;re still figuring out all the details.</p><p>In other school news, Emanuel said that calls for his resignation by the Chicago Teachers&rsquo; Union has not changed the tenor at the bargaining table.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;You know, my view is, I&rsquo;ve been in public life a long time. I kinda basically block out the noise and focus on what&rsquo;s essential,&rdquo; Emanuel said.</p><p>In the past, Emanuel has had a rocky relationship with Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. But now, the mayor says he respects her &ldquo;toughness and grit,&rdquo;&nbsp; and he likes that she says what she thinks.</p><p>CPS and CTU are back at the negotiating table after the union last week rejected the city&rsquo;s most recent offer. Union members said they didn&rsquo;t trust Emanuel&rsquo;s schools team would deliver on its promises.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian covers Chicago politics for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian.</a></em></p></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-cps-bankruptcy-could-ruin-educational-gains-114766 Chicago Teen's Death Shines Light on Police 'Code of Silence' http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-teens-death-shines-light-police-code-silence-114758 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/3828403109_4e3bb2576c_z_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO (AP)-For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder.</p><p>Not until 15 months later was one of those officers and a detective who concluded the shooting was justified put on desk duty. At least eight other officers failed to recount the same scene that unfolded on the video. All of them remain on the street, according to the department.</p><p>The lack of swift action illustrates the difficulty of confronting the <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/emanuels-testimony-sought-in-federal-code-of-silence-lawsuit">&quot;code of silence&quot; </a>that has long been associated with police in Chicago and elsewhere.</p><p>The obstacles include disciplinary practices that prevent the police chief himself from firing problem officers and a labor contract that prevents officers from being held accountable if a video surfaces that contradicts their testimony.</p><p>&quot;If they are not going to analyze officers&#39; reports and compare them to objective evidence like the video,<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/how-fed-source-sparked-federal-investigation-chicago-114105"> why would the officers ever stop lying</a>?&quot; asked Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor who helped force the city to release the video.</p><p>Of the eight officers, six said they did not see who fired, and three depicted McDonald as more threatening than he appeared. One claimed the teen tried to get up with a knife still in his hand. The footage clearly showed him falling down and lying motionless on the pavement.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/jason-van-dyke">Jason Van Dyke,</a> who emptied his entire 16-round magazine into McDonald, is now awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges. He has been suspended without pay while the department tries to fire him.</p><p>City officials say they are cracking down on traditions associated with the code and even questioning applicants for police superintendent about how they would stop officers from lying to protect colleagues.</p><p>Chicago isn&#39;t the only major city where officers sworn to tell the truth are suspected of covering for each other. In Los Angeles, three sheriff&#39;s deputies were convicted last year of beating a handcuffed jail visitor and then trying to cover it up. In that case, a plea bargain with two former deputies helped prosecutors expose what they said was a code of silence.</p><p>The head of Chicago&#39;s police union dismisses<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-releases-thousands-emails-fatal-police-shooting-114334"> talk of a code</a>.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s not 1954 anymore,&quot; Dean Angelo said. &quot;With cameras everywhere, in squad cars, on everyone&#39;s cellphone ... officers aren&#39;t going to make a conscious effort to engage in conduct that puts their own livelihoods at risk.&quot;</p><p>But the scrutiny that followed McDonald&#39;s death reveals a system that makes it difficult to fire problem officers and reduces their punishment or delays it for months or years after their reports are exposed as lies.</p><p>The code of silence also figured into another video: footage of off-duty officer Anthony Abbate pummeling a bartender. Officers who responded to the 911 call did not include in their reports the bartender&#39;s contention that she was attacked by an officer named Tony, according to testimony in federal court. A jury in 2012 awarded her $850,000 and concluded there was a code of silence.</p><p>Like other police departments, Chicago&#39;s police force has long insisted that it doesn&#39;t tolerate dishonesty. When <a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160106/downtown/inside-chicago-police-union-contract-document-shows-rules-of-force">allegations surface about officers lying</a> in a report, they are stripped of their police powers and assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an internal probe, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.</p><p>If the investigation determines the officer was, in fact, dishonest, the department says it moves, without exception, to have that person fired.</p><p>However, unlike New York, Baltimore and other cities, Chicago&#39;s police superintendent cannot independently dismiss an officer. That decision belongs to the Chicago Police Board, whose nine civilian members are appointed by the mayor.</p><p>It is not unusual for the board to reject recommendations of the superintendent and the city&#39;s Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police shootings.</p><p>That happened when former Superintendent Garry McCarthy recommended sergeant and a lieutenant be fired for lying in their reports about the accidental discharge of pepper spray in a restaurant. The board agreed that the two had lied but decided to suspend them each for 30 days.</p><p>Critics say officers are emboldened to cover up their own misdeeds and those of others because the code extends to City Hall. In the case of the beaten bartender, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel&#39;s administration responded to the verdict by asking a judge to throw out the jury&#39;s finding because it would set a precedent for potentially costly future lawsuits.</p><p>The police union contract also plays a role. It includes a provision that officers who are not shown video of alleged misconduct before being interviewed cannot be disciplined for lying about the recorded events.</p><p>&quot;All of this sends a message to police who abuse their police powers that they can operate with impunity,&quot; said the Rev. Marshall Hatch, a prominent local minister.</p><p>The issue came to a head in the McDonald case. Weeks after the shooting, Futterman, the law professor, and a journalist publicly urged the city to release the video. A few months later, a detective concluded that the shooting was justifiable homicide by an officer trying to protect his own life, and that the dashboard camera video was consistent with witness accounts.</p><p>Emails between City Hall and the police department and others make it clear that the mayor&#39;s office was aware of concerns about the officers&#39; truthfulness. But there is no indication in the emails that Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s office demanded or even suggested that someone compare the video with the police reports. Instead, Emanuel&#39;s office chose to wait for the results of federal and local probes, mayoral spokesman Adam Collins.</p><p>Guglielmi said that the McDonald case highlights the need for the department to pay closer attention to any discrepancies between videos and written police reports.</p><p>Hatch is skeptical, pointing out that not only are all the officers still getting paid, but Van Dyke himself drew a paycheck while working for 13 months until he was charged.</p><p>&quot;Nobody ever said, &#39;Wait a minute, these officers who filed reports inconsistent with the facts are all still working, including the officer who shot the kid 16 times,&#39;&quot; he said. &quot;Accountability in cases of police misconduct, it just doesn&#39;t exist.&quot;</p></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-teens-death-shines-light-police-code-silence-114758 Chicago Police to Get More Mental Illness Training http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-get-more-mental-illness-training-114639 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Chicago Police_Flickr_Isador Ruyter Harcourt_2_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash;&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police officers and 911 dispatchers will receive enhancedon interacting with people in crisis, particularly those with mental illness, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday.</p><p>The announcement came the same day that the attorney for a white&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police officer accused of shooting a black teenager 16 times in 2014 said the officer and his family are receiving death threats.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/officer-who-killed-laquan-mcdonald-lacked-crisis-training-113907">Jason Van Dyke</a>&#39;s&nbsp;attorney said after a status hearing that Van Dyke has no formal protection but police are aware of the threats and are &quot;taking precautions.&quot; A judge set the next hearing in Van Dyke&#39;s case for March 23. Attorney Dan Herbert also said he&#39;s &quot;probably&quot; going to ask for a change of venue but not until after he has received all evidence from the state.</p><p>Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty in the death of Laquan McDonald, 17, whose videotaped shooting sparked numerous protests and calls for Emanuel&#39;s resignation.</p><div><p>Other police shootings led to Emanuel instituting the new program, for which he said the goal is to make sure first responders &quot;have the right training, practice, and preparations to de-escalate crisis situations safely and effectively.&quot;</p><div><p>Last month, the mayor asked the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Police Department and the Independent Police Review Authority, an agency that investigates police misconduct, to review officers&#39; training to respond to mental health crisis calls in the wake of a Dec. 26 double fatal police shooting that left Quintonio Legrier, 19, dead along with his neighbor, Bettie Jones, 55. IPRA said this week that <a href="http://wgntv.com/2016/01/25/quintonio-legrier-called-911-three-times-before-fatally-shot-by-chicago-cop/">Legrier called 911 three times before he was shot.</a></p></div></div><p>Emanuel said at the time that he wanted police and IPRA to review the training, determine deficiencies and figure out how to immediately address them.</p><p>Under the new program, the city&#39;s public health, fire, police and emergency officials will collect data about mental health incidents to help improve responses. Emanuel also said the city will work with mental health experts and community leaders to improve access to mental health services when individuals come into contact with first responders.</p><p>Suggestions came from a steering committee of city officials, service providers and mental health experts.</p></p> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-get-more-mental-illness-training-114639 Emanuel: Ramsey Doesn't Want Police Commissioner Job http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-ramsey-doesnt-want-police-commissioner-job-114613 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_742326828917_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making it sound like former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey would be a perfect choice to be&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;next police commissioner, but says Ramsey isn&#39;t interested.</p><p>Emanuel&#39;s office announced Sunday that Ramsey will advise the department through &quot;civil rights reforms&quot; the mayor called for after the release of a video of a white police officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald.</p><p>That fueled speculation Ramsey &mdash; who spent 30 years on&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;police force before heading departments in Washington. D.C. and Philadelphia&mdash; will succeed the fired Garry McCarthy.</p><p>On Monday, Emanuel praised Ramsey as a nationally recognized law enforcement leader who remains widely trusted within&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;police force. But he said the job is too important to offer it to someone who doesn&#39;t want it.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-ramsey-doesnt-want-police-commissioner-job-114613 National Leader on Community Policing to Advise Chicago Police http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2016-01-25/national-leader-community-policing-advise-chicago-police-114597 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/0125_charles-ramsey-624x415.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Charles Ramsey has been tapped by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to advise the city&rsquo;s police department on civil rights issues.</p><p>Ramsey is a Chicago native and recently retired as commissioner of Philadelphia&rsquo;s police force. He previously led Washington D.C.&rsquo;s police department and most recently was appointed by President Obama to chair the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing.</p><p>WBEZ reporter&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">Chip Mitchell&nbsp;</a>tells&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/01/25/charles-ramsey-chicago-policing"><em>Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em></a> Jeremy Hobson on what Ramsey might bring to the table.</p><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/03/05/policing-ferguson-ramsey" target="_blank">Hear our March 2015 interview with Charles Ramsey</a></strong></p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2016-01-25/national-leader-community-policing-advise-chicago-police-114597 Hear What Happened When Bruce Rauner Met Rahm Emanuel for the First Time http://www.wbez.org/news/hear-what-happened-when-bruce-rauner-met-rahm-emanuel-first-time-114563 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahmrauner.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Two hours before Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner<a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold/status/689849619975688192"> donated blood</a> and announced he wanted to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/rauners-vision-chicago-public-schools-future-114545">take control of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s school district</a>&nbsp;on Wednesday, Rauner fondly told the story of how he first met Emanuel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rauner was interviewed on stage at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago by his neighbor, <a href="http://www.colliers.com/david.kahnweiler">David Kahnweiler</a>, at a breakfast event for realtors, sponsored by Real Estate Publishing Group. Rauner and Emanuel have been publicly fighting in recent weeks over the finances of Chicago Public Schools, and Rauner&rsquo;s rendition of the first time he met Emanuel shows how Rauner pushed Emanuel into investment banking so the future mayor of Chicago could make a lot of money in a short amount of time.</div><div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Here&rsquo;s the transcription of Rauner&rsquo;s story:</strong></span></p><p><strong>MODERATOR DAVID KAHNWEILER:</strong> Do you mind talking about Rahm a little bit?</p></div><div><strong>RAUNER</strong>: OK.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>KAHNWEILER</strong>: I&rsquo;ve known you for a very long time. Rahm&rsquo;s been at all the family events, the bat matzvahs and, I mean, I remember at, I think, at Meg&rsquo;s bat mitzvah where you were in private equity and he was in Congress and you&rsquo;re paying for dinner and he&rsquo;s razzing you about threatening, you know, to raise taxes on your, uh&hellip;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>RAUNER</strong>: On capital gains, yeah. Yeah.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>KAHNWEILER</strong>: On capital gains. And your relationship has always been one of just needling each other. So is this just more needling going on in the last few weeks or is it getting to be a little sharper than needles?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>RAUNER</strong>: No. It&rsquo;s way more sharper than &ndash; there&rsquo;s really a lot on the line. I&rsquo;ve known Rahm Emanuel for over 20 years. Actually, we&rsquo;ve been pretty friendly. Actually, again, smart, funny, hard-workin&rsquo;, disciplined.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>KAHNWEILER</strong>: Tell &lsquo;em how you met.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>RAUNER</strong>: Laughs. Alright. This could be too long a story, but I&rsquo;ll try to condense it. So, so I didn&rsquo;t know who he was, but I was friends with a guy named Erskine Bowles who was an investment banker and then he became Clinton&rsquo;s chief of staff. And Erskine was a good friend of mine. Erskine Bowles calls me up back in, uh, mid-90s, late 90s. And he said, uh, &lsquo;Hey Bruce, we got this young kid in the White House who&rsquo;s advising Bill Clinton but he wants to leave the White House and go into, into business and make some money and then maybe run for office later or whatever. But he wants to leave and go home to Chicago. Will you sit and talk to him, give him some advice for me? Just do me a favor.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And I said, &lsquo;Well, let him know I&rsquo;m not a big fan of his boss and, you know, don&rsquo;t have him come in here thinking he&rsquo;s hoighty-toighty, or whatever but I&rsquo;ll talk to him.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>(<em>Crowd laughs)</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And so, so he comes, he comes in and sits down in the corner office. I thought his name was Ron. I didn&rsquo;t know what his - you know? I sit with him and the first words out of his mouth, he says, &lsquo;Hey, how are ya? I want &ndash; I hear you got a great firm. I want to be a partner here.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;Hello, what? What did you say?&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;Yeah. No. I hear you got the best private equity firm in, in Chicago. I want to work here. I want to be your partner.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;Whoa. OK. Hi. How are you? Who are you? What are you talking about?&rsquo; And we proceeded to fight for 20 minutes about why he was gonna join my firm and be my partner. I didn&rsquo;t even know who he was. And I said, &lsquo;Wait a second. Calm down. So, have you ever been in business?&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;No.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;Do you know anything about finance?&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;No.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;Do you, do you know what a balance sheet is?&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;No. Well, sort of.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;Um, you&rsquo;re a Democrat. You can&rsquo;t even add. I mean, how are you gonna, how are you gonna&hellip;&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>(Crowd laughs)</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;How are you gonna, how are you gonna work here? This is not gonna happen.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And he said, &lsquo;No, no. I&rsquo;ll be great. And I&rsquo;ll find ya deals and I&rsquo;m hustling. I got relationships and I&rsquo;ll be great.</div><div>And I said, &lsquo;Wow. I &ndash; You seem like a bright guy. You&rsquo;re pretty funny. I mean, you got, you got some testosterone like I haven&rsquo;t seen in a while. And, and, uh, look, if you want to be - if you want to be trained, I&rsquo;ll train ya and you could start as an associate.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And he said, &lsquo;No, no. I want to be a partner.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I said, &lsquo;Well, it ain&rsquo;t happening so stop saying that.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And he and he and he says &ndash; uh &ndash; and I&rsquo;m arguing with a stranger about being my partner.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>(Crowd laughs)</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And I said, &lsquo;Look, you seem like a bright guy. If you wanna &ndash; we&rsquo;re an apprentice business. We do make a lot of money.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And he said, &lsquo;Yeah, that&rsquo;s what I want. I want to make a lot of money. That&rsquo;s why I want to be your partner.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I said, &lsquo;But we take risk. We have to show judgment and we don&rsquo;t get paid for eight years. We have to do &ndash; we have to make a lot of money for our partners first and then we make money. And we have to take risk. And we get paid eight years later. This is an apprentice business. You don&rsquo;t get &ndash; you know, it&rsquo;s hard. If you want to be an apprentice, I&rsquo;ll train ya.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He says, &lsquo;No, no. I want to make it now.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I said, &lsquo;OK. Well it ain&rsquo;t happening in our business. Forget about it. And if you want to make money fast and you don&rsquo;t have to show any judgment, go into investment banking.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>(Crowd laughs)</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;You get paid in the front end putting deals together. You don&rsquo;t have to take any risk and you make lots of money. You should go into investment banking.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And he said, &lsquo;No, no, no. I want to be in your business. You make more money.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I said, &lsquo;Yeah, we do. But I &ndash; you know, you should go into investment banking.&rsquo; And he said, &lsquo;No.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And I said, &lsquo;Look, that&rsquo;s my advice. There&rsquo;s the door. Don&rsquo;t let it hit ya on the way out.&rsquo; I literally said that to him.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>(Grunts, mocking a noise Emanuel made)</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He gets up in a huff. Storms out. Whatever.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And I get a phone call about 60 days later.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;Hey, Bruce. It&rsquo;s Rahm.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&lsquo;Hey. Hi. How are ya?&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So he said, &lsquo;Yeah well obviously I didn&rsquo;t like what you said.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I said, &lsquo;Yeah. OK. Fine. Whatever.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He said, &lsquo;Well, so, but I&rsquo;m taking your advice. So I&rsquo;m gonna be &ndash; I&rsquo;m the managing director at the Wasserstein Perella office in Chicago.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I said, &lsquo;Oh. OK. Good. Well good for you.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And he says, &lsquo;So who covers you from Wasserstein?&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I said, &lsquo;I don&rsquo;t know. It&rsquo;s not a very good firm so we don&rsquo;t work with them. I don&rsquo;t really know.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>(Crowd laughs)</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, uh, he says, &lsquo;Well, well, I&rsquo;m gonna be your coverage guy. I&rsquo;m gonna be your coverage guy. Are you in on Tuesday? I want to come over. I want to interview all your partners and I&rsquo;m gonna, I&rsquo;m gonna be your guy.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Whatever. Fine.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He comes over. You know what? Starting [that] Tuesday and for the next three and a half years, best investment banker I ever worked with. Relentless. Smart. Networking. He brought us two of the best deals we ever did. To say thank you, I bought him three great deals for his firm. IPO. M&amp;A. Good relationship. And we kicked the stuffing out of each other almost every day. And we fight. We argue. We, you know &ndash; but, you know it. I respect him. He respects me.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">@tonyjarnold.</a></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 17:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/hear-what-happened-when-bruce-rauner-met-rahm-emanuel-first-time-114563 Rauner's Vision For Chicago Public Schools' Future http://www.wbez.org/news/rauners-vision-chicago-public-schools-future-114545 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rauner_cps.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The rhetoric over the future of Chicago Public Schools ramped up Wednesday.</p><p>Leaders at the school district have been asking Illinois lawmakers to help them fix the district&rsquo;s serious financial problems.</p><p>On Wednesday, Illinois Republicans put forward two radical answers: The state takes over Chicago Public Schools, and the state allows CPS to declare bankruptcy. Neither option is what city leaders want to hear.</p><p>City officials and top state Democrats say both proposals are essentially dead on arrival.</p><p><strong>How CPS got here</strong></p><p>CPS has been spending outside its means for the last decade or so. The district owes billions of dollars that it does not have to both banks and the teachers pension fund.</p><p>With $6.2 billion in outstanding debt and an annual operating budget of around $5.7 billion, CPS has faced serious cash flow problems the last two years. Budget officials have used one-time windfalls of cash, like federal stimulus money and a surplus of special taxing money from the city, to make ends meet.</p><p>This year, despite all the the uncertainty around its finances, the Chicago Board of Education approved a budget with a $500 million hole in hopes that would pressure state lawmakers to do something to fill it.</p><p>That gamble has not come through. Republican leaders, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, made it clear Wednesday that they would not be giving CPS state money to avoid potential layoffs.</p><p><strong>Bankruptcy</strong></p><p>Rauner recognizes that the term<em> bankruptcy</em> has negative connotations, but he told reporters that allowing Chicago Public Schools to go to a bankruptcy judge would be good for a school system that he says hasn&rsquo;t helped itself in years.</p><p>&ldquo;Bankruptcy law is designed to protect an organization that has too much debt, that has too many liabilities. It gives court protection to an organization that files bankruptcy while it reorganizes its liabilities, its debts, its contracts, its obligations and reorganizes it in a way that&rsquo;s more affordable and sustainable over time,&rdquo; Rauner said.</p><p>Rauner said he believes bankruptcy could allow Chicago Public Schools to avoid layoffs.</p><p>Democrats wholly rejected Rauner&rsquo;s idea, much like they have for Rauner&rsquo;s proposals for state government.</p><p>&ldquo;This is not going to happen,&rdquo; said Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, in a written statement.</p><p>&ldquo;Republicans&rsquo; ultimate plans include allowing cities throughout the state to file for bankruptcy protection, which they admitted today would permit cities and school districts to end their contracts with teachers and workers &ndash; stripping thousands of their hard-earned retirement security and the middle-class living they have worked years to achieve,&rdquo; House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said in a statement.</p><p><strong>State takeover</strong></p><p>It wasn&rsquo;t long ago that CPS found itself in a similar position. In 1980, the state appointed a School Finance Authority to oversee the financially beleaguered school system. That governing body took a back seat in 1995 when the state handed control of the schools to then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. In 2010, the School Finance Authority was officially dissolved.</p><p>Rauner said Wednesday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has failed at running the school system. Senate minority leader Christine Radogno noted the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ex-chicago-public-schools-leader-charged-corruption-113246">corruption scandal</a> of former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cps-lowers-graduation-rate-after-errors-found-113148">fudged graduation rates</a> as examples of Emanuel&rsquo;s mismanagement.</p><p>But state takeovers across the country have had mixed results. A recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts&rsquo; Philadelphia Research Initiative found little consensus among researchers over which model of school governance is best for improving academic and financial outcomes.</p><p>&ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t guarantee anything,&rdquo; Radogno said of the state takeover model proposed Wednesday. &nbsp;&ldquo;But what it does do is it opens up the Chicago Public Schools for a much more transparent view of what&rsquo;s going on. Right now, the same people that control the state, control the city, appoint the school board, appoint the bureaucrats that run it, and that has <em>certainly </em>not been working out so well for the schools.&rdquo;</p><p>Emanuel&rsquo;s current schools chief, Forrest Claypool, said the Republican proposals are missing the real problem facing the school district. Claypool argued that the state government has never adequately funded Chicago&rsquo;s schools. In large part, the underfunding he&rsquo;s talking about is driven by the state not paying into the Chicago teachers&rsquo; pension fund. &nbsp;</p><p>Emanuel criticized Rauner&rsquo;s state takeover idea in a written statement, saying it makes zero sense to give control of CPS &ldquo;to a governor who can&rsquo;t pass his own budget,&rdquo; referring to the seven months Illinois government has now gone without a budget.</p><p><strong>Contract negotiations</strong></p><p>The district is currently working with the Chicago Teachers Union to lock in a new contract that could avoid mass layoffs in the middle of the school year.</p><p>After years of public disputes, the Chicago Teachers Union echoed CPS in a rare moment of consensus, saying it would make no sense to give control of CPS to the state. The union also took a jab at Rauner, likening his leadership style to a &ldquo;bull in a china shop.&rdquo;</p><p>Both the union and CPS positioned themselves as the &ldquo;grown-ups&rdquo; in disputing Rauner&rsquo;s plan.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s hard to see how what he&rsquo;s doing helps add pressure to anybody,&rdquo; said CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just the kind of interference which gets in the way of grown-up work.&rdquo;</p><p>The two sides met over the holiday weekend and are meeting almost daily this week to negotiate a new contract for teachers that would help avoid mid-year layoffs.</p><p>&ldquo;While Republican leaders choreograph this distraction, CPS is taking steps to fix everything within our fiscal control and keep as much money in our classrooms as we can,&rdquo; Claypool said in a statement. &ldquo;Instead of offering a reckless smokescreen that distracts from the real financial problems facing CPS, the Governor should pass a state budget that treats CPS students equally with the rest of the state.&rdquo;</p><p>But all this talk about bankruptcy might speed up more action in contract negotiations, because bankruptcy protection would give the district the ability to cancel any collective bargaining agreements it holds.</p><p><em>Becky Vevea covers education for WBEZ. Follow her </em><a href="https://twitter.com/wbezeducation"><em>@wbezeducation</em></a><em>.</em></p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him </em><a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold"><em>@tonyjarnold</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/rauners-vision-chicago-public-schools-future-114545 Aldermen Showing New Streak of Independence? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-19/aldermen-showing-new-streak-independence-114520 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Capture_2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A group of aldermen have proposed an ordinance that would give the city&rsquo;s inspector general jurisdiction over the City Council as well. This is a move away from the Council having their own IG. The ordinance was scheduled for a vote, but that got bumped to next month&rsquo;s meeting at the will of the Council&rsquo;s most powerful aldermen, Alderman Ed Burke and Alderman Carrie Austin.</p><p>We talk with 47th Ward alderman Ameya Pawar about the ordinance he&rsquo;s co-sponsoring, and we check in with politics reporter Lauren Chooljian about what seems like a new push for independence by aldermen.</p></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-19/aldermen-showing-new-streak-independence-114520 Dueling Breakfasts Invoke Opposing Views of King’s Legacy http://www.wbez.org/news/dueling-breakfasts-invoke-opposing-views-king%E2%80%99s-legacy-114497 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/mlkprotests.png" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held an annual breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, but the event was met protests from some black clergy.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Chicago Teachers Union rebranded their annual King breakfast as more &lsquo;people-centered&rsquo; alternative, invoking a more radical side of King&rsquo;s legacy.</p><p>Both breakfasts acknowledged the recent turmoil in Chicago over high-profile police-involved shootings, including the deaths of black teenagers Laquan McDonald, 17, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19.</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-230c77c4-47b9-77c5-00af-e594c442da61"><em>Becky Vevea covers education for WBEZ. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZeducation">@wbezeducation</a>. Lauren Chooljian covers Chicago politics for WBEZ. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian"> @laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/dueling-breakfasts-invoke-opposing-views-king%E2%80%99s-legacy-114497 Mayor Emanuel’s Political Woes Could Be Boon for Black Communities http://www.wbez.org/news/some-black-leaders-see-opportunity-emanuels-vulnerability-114463 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/black%20politica2.jpg" style="height: 493px; width: 620px;" title="U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush is one of the supporters standing by Rahm Emanuel. Some in the black community say a weakened Emanuel gives them a better chance to be heard. (WBEZ/Lauren Chooljian)" /></div><p>Maze Jackson says his vote for Mayor Rahm Emanuel has come back to bite him.</p><p>Last year, Jackson, vice president of the Intelligence Group and a WVON commentator, actively supported Rahm Emanuel during the mayoral runoff. He<a href="http://beansouptimes.com/rahm-secures-endorsement-from-political-analyst-maze-jackson-and-other-key-chicago-shakers-and-movers/" target="_blank"> posed for pictures</a> and said Emanuel was a good choice for the younger generation.</p><p>&quot;Every time I make a statement in regard to the mayor, somebody finds my endorsement picture and posts it on Facebook or sends it around. It&rsquo;s an opportunity for people to kind of say &lsquo;I told you so&rsquo; even though a majority of the black community did vote for him,&rdquo; Jackson said.</p><div>In fact, Emanuel won the majority of black wards in both 2011 and 2015 and it&rsquo;s fair to say he would not have been elected without them. But now he&rsquo;s in trouble with that same constituency as he scrambles to address police accountability. While Emanuel fights for his political life, some blacks who originally supported him are grappling with how best to seize the moment.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While not completely distancing himself from the mayor, Jackson&rsquo;s been critical of Emanuel&rsquo;s response to the fallout from the Laquan McDonald shooting. But he said this could also be a chance to get the mayor to listen to black demands.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t believe the mayor&rsquo;s going to resign. But the black community has to be smart enough to say: what is it that we can leverage, what are the opportunities that we can get out of here when we had a tone-deaf mayor who probably didn&rsquo;t recognize a tale of two cities but is willing to do anything to bring those two cities together,&rdquo; Jackson said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ever since the week of Thanksgiving, when the city released the video of a white police officer killing the black teenager McDonald, Emanuel has been accused of instigating a cover-up. He&rsquo;s been criticized for not doing enough to acknowledge police shootings in black and brown neighborhoods, and his administration faces national and international scrutiny as it tries to capture public trust.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hermene Hartman, the publisher of <a href="http://ndigo.com/" target="_blank">N&rsquo;Digo</a> who supported Emanuel twice, says she has no regrets.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;You don&rsquo;t regret it because truth be told when you support a politician, you are supporting the promise of the politician,&rdquo; Hartman said.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That promise could perhaps finally be realized, Hartman says, now that Emanuel is at a crossroads. Her message to the mayor is to get out of his comfort zone and move beyond courting black pastors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;This is a tale of two cities. Chicago has got to come together. We have got to be one city. We cannot be patronized. We cannot be disrespected. We have got to be included. And inclusion is not the Red Line [renovation], and I&rsquo;m going to give you some temporary jobs, to drive the bus, to do the heavy lifting, da da da. I want to see some economic plans for the West Side, South Side of Chicago that compare to Lincoln Park,&rdquo; Hartman said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a racially divided city, the very voting bloc that supported him is now among his most vociferous critics. During the tight reelection campaign last year, the mayor donned sweaters and promised to be a softer leader and better listener. Some say for the black community that moment has arrived, and can&rsquo;t be squandered.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Northeastern Illinois University professor Conrad Worrill agrees economic development is the biggest win African Americans can gain from the mayor during this political turmoil.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But Worrill said there&rsquo;s a lack of black political unity. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Right now we don&rsquo;t have a common approach, a common direction and a common agenda to maximize our strength as a voting bloc black people in the city of Chicago. It&rsquo;s too much ambulance chasing going on. We respond to this, we respond to that without a substance or strategy underneath,&rdquo; Worrill said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Worrill says after the 1987 death of the city&rsquo;s first black mayor, Harold Washington, black political fractures emerged that still remain.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But that could finally change by bringing young people and elders together. Emanuel&rsquo;s vulnerability could mean black victory.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The opportunity is staring us in the face. Whether we take advantage of the opportunity is another question,&rdquo; Worrill said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And even though Worrill voted for Emanuel, he says in politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. Contact Natalie at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>&nbsp;and follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/some-black-leaders-see-opportunity-emanuels-vulnerability-114463